A PRIMARY school in Barry has become the first to launch a non-uniform clothes bank and it is hoping other schools will follow suit.

Colcot Primary School opened its doors to families wishing to take, donate, or both, clothes suitable for children, from zero to teenage in years on Friday, February 22.

The scheme sees families able to pick up clothes and footwear, free of charge.

The school is hoping the clothes, in decent condition, can be reused by other and be prevented from ending up in landfill.

And, as well as being environmentally friendly, the idea is one that is money-saving with children rapidly growing out of their day clothes.

Head teacher, Nia Cule said the scheme was being run by the Year 5 and 6 teachers and pupils and the aim was to support the community .

Mrs Cule said: “The children have been writing about the project and have modelled the clothes.

“Children grow out of shoes so quickly so it’s been lovely to see one person donate to another person.

“Some people are going home with bags full and the children love this and have really enjoyed it.”

Mum-of-two Susan Dinsmore, 38, of the Colcot, said her sons Lochlan, two, and Elliot, six, grew out of clothes quickly and they needed to be renewed.

“It’s a brilliant idea,” she said. “They are constantly growing out of clothes.

“I’d usually go to a charity shop.

“I came out with a bag full and I’m going home with a bag full.”

Mum-of-three Claire Barnett, of Cadoxton, added: “I think it’s a great idea.

“If I’d known I’d have gone through all their clothes and brought some.”

Another clothes bank collection day is planned.

Any children’s clothes, in a decent condition can be donated to Colcot Primary School, in Florence Avenue, Barry, during term-time opening hours.